The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Friday, October 29, 2010

Be the Tree

I've been MIA due to too much work, not enough painting!  I did manage to get a couple of tree value studies in this week. I was concentrating on avoiding "lollipop-itis", wherein the sufferer manages to make every type of tree look like a lollipop.

This is some type of oak, from a photo. I was experimenting with keeping the shapes big.
This is a palette knife painting of a specific tree near my office. I don't know the type, but it's some type of ornamental tree with a distinct shape.

Same tree, different day, done with brushes. I think I like the palette knife version better. This one looks a bit like a spider. Very Halloweenish.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Things that make you go "Grrrr"

Paint tubes that twist and rip. They make me go Grrr. I've been struggling with one tube of Artist Spectrum Prussian Blue. The tube material isn't sturdy enough to handle twisting off an even slightly-stuck cap. This one got squeezed into an empty paint tube, and this brand will be going on my don't-buy list. I'm afraid Rembrandt might be joining it. Love the paint, hate the tube. Transferring to another tube saves the paint, but seriously, have you ever tried to get Prussian Blue out from under your fingernails?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Golden One

This was my weekend palette knife effort. It is destined for a fund-raising auction for Adopt a Golden Atlanta ( ). However, if anyone is interested in purchasing it, I will donate the full sale price to AGA in your name. This is 11x14" oils on canvas-covered hardboard.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Poppy, Palette Knife Painting

I painted this little 4x6" panel in oils one night this week in about an hour.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Outta My Gourd

I was feeling a bit orange this weekend. Two pumpkins, done with palette knife and oils. The big one is 8x10" and the smaller is 6x6". And they were both lots o' fun to paint.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oak Tree Trunk

Experimenting with colors and textures on the tree trunk. 6x8" oils on prepared paper, with palette knives.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Drop that puck!

In honor of the hockey season beginning, here's an oldie but goodie.

Monday, October 4, 2010